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mofongo wrote

It's only useful to outsiders if they use plants that also live outside the Amazon.

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Freux wrote

Well not knowing the content it's hard to tell but it's their culture, their knowledge so their decision. I'm simply curious.

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EmeraldShark wrote (edited )

They believe plants are people, animals are people, rocks are people, that everything has spirit that is to be respected, and healing is a combination of providing nutrients as well as resolving spiritual issues such as a violation between a person and a rock, or plant, or animal, and changing the mind set of the person.
As such, simply reading the material would quickly overwhelm any modern individual with the heavy amounts of unknown culture references, unknown religion references, and spirituality.
I will admit, I've had my share of ghost experiences so I was pretty interested to hear about their take on spirituality. I think by rocks they mean minerals which are crucial for healthy function. A deficiency in a certain mineral could result in bad side effects which over long term can alter brain function, so thus experiencing a rock could actually affect the brain function to perhaps a noticeable level in an extremely deficient and sensitive individual, which is a prerequisite to becoming a medicine man. Without modern medicine, they would not be able to identify the mineral, and this would lead them to believe the rock has spirit because it affects their moral, mood, and feelings. For example, Lithium Carbonate rock springs in Japan are known for their healing affects.

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Freux wrote

I wish you would post more stuff like this, do you have some links about the Matsés/Acaté? Mostly about how they organises/structure their tribe and their beliefs.